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FOR WHAT 
PURPOSE? 

President Alvin R. Dyer 

of the First Presidency 
of the Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints 



18 March 1962 

Mission Conference 
Olso, Norway 



Original transcript located in the 
LDS Church Archives 



FOR WHAT PURPOSE? 

President Alvin R. Dyer 1 

"It is recommended that each missionary should 
read this message several times in order to get a 
better understanding of the purpose of the 
restored Gospel." 2 

We have talked a lot about missionary work and heard the 
testimonies of those who have spoken. I want to talk to you a 
little bit now about something that is not missionary work, 
and what I say is not to be given to our investigators by any 
matter of means. 

In the Korean War there was a thing that took place 
that I don't know as it brought disgrace upon our country, but 
it tends to prove the fact that so many of the young men of 
America didn't have the concept of liberty and freedom as 
sponsored by our own beloved country. This was such a 
shock to our leaders that a program was instituted throughout 
the country which is still carried on to better prepare our 
young people to meet the future, both physically and 
mentally, I was disillusioned at what took place. Always in 
my life I have thought that a "Yankee" or an American was 
just about the greatest of everything in the world. I have 
always been a kind of hero worshipper anyway, and a great 
football player or a great baseball player is something 
throughout my life that has been more or less my ideal. 
Anything American was great. I still feel that way when it 
comes to my personal, inward feeling. I still have an affinity 
for that. 

There was an episode that took place in the Korean 

1 Alvin Rulon Dyer. Born - 1 Jan. 1903. Ordained an Apostle - 29 Oct. 
1965 (by David O. McKay), and set apart as a Counselor in the First 
Presidency - 5 Oct. 1967. Died - 5 Mar. 1977. 

2 This preface preceded the original printing of this talk. No copyright 
notice was included with the original, and despite wide distribution 
no copyright has ever been publicly claimed by the LDS Church or 
the author, who has since died. 



War that was very hard for me to take, and hard for me to 
understand. I am sure that it was much harder for those who 
were in it, who were called upon to endure the privations of 
that war or any war for that matter. After the war was over, 
the information concerning the behavior of our young men 
who had been captured by the Koreans (Communist 
Koreans) revealed the fact that they behaved more 
ashamedly and with almost cowardice. In the interrogations 
that were made of our young men, there were less than 5% of 
them that even knew why they were fighting, and what was 
meant by liberty and freedom and the American way of life. 
Less than 5% of them had been taken prisoners, and I know 
that that must not have been a very easy life. But the official 
records, also revealed that 38% of the American soldiers that 
were taken prisoners by Koreans who died in Prison camps, 
didn't die from starvation or from any punishment. They 
simply quit and laid down and died, because they did not 
have the moral stability to fight. This was the disgraceful 
thing about all of it. Nearly 4 out of 10 of the American 
Korean prisoners died because they did not have the will to 
live. They did not have any reason or rhyme for what they 
were there for. 

When this became known to our leaders, they 
immediately called into conference a great body of men and 
established in America, what they called a physical fitness 
program. Ezra Taft Benson and Marion D, Hanks and several 
others from the Church were called upon, and they are still 
serving on it. I was glad to see that President Kennedy has 
reinstated this program among our young people. 

You might say, "What has that to do with us?" It 
doesn't have a great deal to do with us except that I would 
feel rather embarrassed as a leader of the Church if anyone 
of our missionaries did not know what he is in the mission 
field for. If you were asked the question as to why you were 
here and what you were doing in the mission field, and all 
you could say is that, "I am here preaching the Gospel, and I 
have been sent out here, I know the Gospel is true, and I 



have a testimony of it." If that is all you could say, you don't 
have a full meaning for the purpose of missionary work. 

We have always felt that if you would place in the 
hearts and minds of anybody the reasons for doing things 
and the purpose behind it, you wouldn't have to worry about 
what the person would do. If you young men and women 
know why you are here and why the Lord is so anxious for 
us to preach the Gospel today, and then would ask yourselves 
a number of questions connected with that, such as: Why is it 
that you were born today instead of 2,000 years ago? Why is 
it that you are sitting in this room today and were for some 
reason not born in the day of Moses or in the day when 
Christ was upon the earth? Or do you think that that is just 
something haphazard that it just happened that way - that 
nobody had anything to do with it. You would ask another 
question maybe. Why is it that you are white and not 
colored? Have you ever asked yourselves that question? Who 
had anything to do with your being born into the Church and 
not born a Chinese or a Hindu or a Negro? Is God such an 
unjust person that He would make you white and free and 
make a Negro cursed under the cursing of Cain that he could 
not hold the Priesthood of God? Who do you think decided 
and what is the reason behind it? Then maybe you would ask 
yourselves another question. Why is it that you were kept in 
the Spirit World until the Last Dispensation to come forth 
among the children of men? Was there any reason for that, 
and who decided it? 

When you begin to get the answers to those 
questions, then perhaps you will understand why the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ is being preached in the world today, and the 
plan of salvation is taking its effects upon people. I think that 
every missionary ought to know the answers to these 
questions. When he does know the answers, he stands before 
the Lord without excuse to go forth and labor with all his 
strength to serve the Lord. 

There isn't anyone in this room that would have the 
fantastic notion that this life is of any great duration. This life 



is merely a pinpoint or speck in the eternity of man's 
existence. It is over so fast that it is merely a short period of 
time in the existence of eternal life of man here upon the 
earth, just a few short hours in the plan of the Gospel 
according to the Lord's reckoning of time. The whole plan of 
life - its whole period - comes and goes within just a few 
short hours of the Lord's time. To us it is many thousands of 
years. 

I want to talk to you just briefly about this, not with 
any information that you would convey to your investigators, 
but that you, yourselves, may have a better understanding of 
what we are doing in the mission field today, and why it is 
that we come to you with encouragement to work with all 
your strength to get people into the Church, and why we set 
goals. It isn't for the purpose of a goal. That is just a kind of 
game between us to become physically motivated to go out 
and do our best and work as a team and as a mission. The 
real purpose behind this is more far-reaching than that. 

I will read to you from the Pearl of Great Price "And 
the Lord said unto me" - speaking to Abraham - "These two 
facts do exist, that they are two spirits, one being more 
intelligent than the other, there shall be another more 
intelligent than they" - indicating that in the pre-existence 3 
there are three divisions of spirits. "These two facts do exist, 
that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the 
other - there shall be another more intelligent than they - I 
am the Lord their God, I am more intelligent than they all." 4 

This statement of Abraham's is directly connected 
with the Degrees of Glory, because we are taught that when 
people die, all shall be resurrected who are born in this life - 
Sons of Perdition and all. They are then, after the Spirit 
World, assigned into one of these three Degrees of Glory - 
the Celestial, the Terrestrial, and the Telestial. Others who 
were spun off out of that go into outer darkness, because 



3 More properly speaking "the pre-mortal existence" where the spirit 
children of God lived in His presence. 

4 Abraham 3:19. 



there is no light in them. They can no longer repent, and 
because they can no longer repent, they can no longer be 
governed by law. Therefore they became Sons of Perdition 
and are not worthy to go into a Degree of Glory. The 
consequence of that is that they shall go with Lucifer and the 
[unembodied] 5 spirits who never were permitted to take upon 
themselves a body of flesh and bone. 

You remember the scripture that missionaries very 
often use in Corinthians when Paul is speaking of the three 
divisions of people. We often use the scripture as a 
resurrection scripture, but we do not apply it properly. If you 
will read if carefully, it says "Such are they in the 
resurrection." 6 Which means that Paul is calling to the 
attention of those that listen to him that there are three 
Degrees of Glory of people, who are in preparation on the 
earth while they live here. 7 Now let's suppose, to make this 
more plain, that the earth would end at this instant, that there 
would be no one upon the earth, that life would cease and 
that judgment was immediate. Obviously, the people who 
had been living on the earth would be assigned to one of 
these three places. Therefore, the people who are living upon 
the earth today are the embryos of these three kingdoms. 

The suggestion here by Abraham is that they were 
born into this life with this same degree of division. There 
were three divisions of mankind in the pre-existence, and 
when you are born into this life, you are born into one of 
these three divisions of people. There is an imposed 
judgment placed upon everyone who leaves the Spirit World 
just the same as there will be when they leave this life and go 
into one of three places. When they left the Spirit World, 
they had already been judged by what they had done in the 
Spirit World and in their previous life. From the judgment is 
determined how they shall be born in this life. 8 When you 



5 Orig. "disembodied" 

6 1 Corinthians 15:42. 

7 1 Corinthians 15:40-41. 

8 John 9:2 shows that the apostles understood that premortal actions 



understand that, you know that God is not unjust to cause a 
righteous spirit to be born as a cursed member of the black 
race or to be cursed as one of the other people who had been 
cursed. Everything is in order. The procreation of man is 
orderly and is in accordance with the plan of life and 
salvation. 9 

In keeping with this thought, when Noah went into 
the Ark, here again he took with him his three sons - one 
representing the chosen lineage, the second representing the 
lineage of adoption, and the third representing the cursed 
lineage. Thereafter, when men began to be born again sons of 
Noah, either through the lineage of Shem, Japheth, or Ham. 
Those who have been cursed in the pre-existence were born 
through the lineage of Ham. 10 

I suppose, and you may often have heard missionaries 
say it, or have asked the question: "Why is a Negro a 
Negro?" And you have heard this answer: "They were 
neither hot nor cold, so the Lord made them Negroes." This 
of course, is not true. 11 The reason that spirits are born into 
Negro bodies is that those spirits rejected the Priesthood of 
God in the pre-existence. 12 This is the reason why you have 
Negroes upon the earth. 

You will observe that when Cain was influenced by 
the power of Lucifer to follow him and to fall down and 
worship him in the beginning, it was then that the Lord came 
to him and said, "Cain, if you will abide the law - if you will 

may determine earthly circumstances, although they were wrong 
about the particular case. 

9 Acts 17:26. 

10 "President [Joseph F.] Smith said that he had been told that the idea 
originated with the Prophet Joseph, but of course he could not vouch 
for it. It was this: That the woman named Egyptus was in the family 
way by a man of her own race before Ham took her to wife, and that 
Cainan was the result of that illicit intercourse." (18 August 1900, 
George A. Smith papers) 

1 1 "President Young said ... 'There were no neutral spirits in heaven at 
the time of the rebellion. All took sides.'" (25 December 1969, 
Woodruff journal) 

12 Alma 13:3-5. 



keep the commandments, you too can be acceptable unto 
me." 13 But Cain rejected the counsel of God. He rejected 
again the Priesthood as his forebears had done in the pre- 
existence, Therefore, the curse of the pre-existence was made 
institute through the lines of Cain, Consequently, you have 
then the beginning of the race of men and women into which 
would be born those in the pre-existence who had rejected 
the Priesthood of God. 

There was another division in the pre-existence - 
those who were not valiant in the acceptance of the Gospel. 
You see, there is a great difference between one who accepts 
and one who accepts and does something about it. We had a 
division in the pre-existence for those who did not accept the 
Priesthood, neither did they fully accept the plan of salvation 
that was advanced by the Christ, They, therefore, in 
accordance to the plan of the Gospel, became those of the 
lineage of adoption. 

I want to read to you a very important scripture in the 
Old Testament. We talk about studying books and reading 
manuscripts to prepare ourselves to teach the Gospel, but 
there are very few missionaries who have even studied the 
Old Testament. The 10th Chapter of Genesis, according to 
my information, has had at least 2,000 volumes written about 
it - just about this chapter. It is so important, because the 
whole plan and purpose of life was understood by the ancient 
people of Israel, and they knew and understood what was 
meant by the teachings of the Old Testament here given to us 
by Moses. I want to read something to you and make an 
explanation. "And Ham the Father of Canaan" - this is the 
9th Chapter of Genesis - "saw the nakedness of his father, 
and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth 
took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and 
went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father - 
and their faces were backward and they saw not their father's 
nakedness." 14 Now, that is a Jewish story - that is a Hebrew 



13 See Genesis 4:7. 

14 Genesis 9:22-23 



story, in legend form, that merely implicates the fact that 
Ham reinstated the curse of the pre-existence when he 
rejected the Priesthood of Noah, and in consequence of that 
he preserved the curse on the earth. Therefore, the Negroes 
to be born thereafter, or those who were to become Negroes, 
were to be born through the loins of Ham. 

All of this is according to a well worked-out plan, the 
millions and billions of spirits waiting birth in the pre- 
existence would be born through a channel or race of people. 
Consequently, the cursed were to be born through Ham. We 
cannot accept this story literally, because in order to 
understand that, you have to read the Pearl of Great Price 
very carefully. Because in the early days when the Egyptian 
government was established under its first rulers, the 
Pharaohs, they worked up a system that was exactly like the 
Priesthood of God, It was exactly like the Patriarchal Order, 
but knowing they could not claim the birthright, they thought 
to capitalize on the form or the order of administration. The 
Pearl of Great Price tells us specifically that they knew that 
they could not hold the Priesthood, yet they used the same 
type of organization. 15 Gradually, the sons of Pharaoh began 
to denounce the concept and assumed unto themselves that 
they were princes, and not the descendants of Ham. There is 
a great deal more to it than that, but I wanted to point this out 
to you. That all of this that we talk about with people is not 
just merely a little message that we proclaim to them, but all 
that we are doing is part of a great plan that we inaugurated 
under the direction of the Christ in the pre-existence. 

Listen to what Noah said to his other two brethren: 
"And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his young 
son had done unto him, And he said, cursed is Canaan - a 
servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren, And he said, 
Blessed be the Lord God of Shem - and Canaan shall be his 
servant." 16 Who is Shem? Shem is what is known as the 
father of Shemitics. He became the father of the children of 



15 Abraham 1:25-27. 

16 Genesis 9:24-26 



Israel. Through the lines of Shem and his descendants were 
born Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and then twelve sons or 
Princes of Israel. Therefore, Shem became the father, or the 
progenitor, of those who were to be born into this life who 
were the noblest of the intelligences whom Abraham speaks 
of here when he said, "Not withstanding that these two 
spirits are intelligent, and one is more intelligent than the 
other," 17 there is still another spirit or another division that is 
more intelligent than both of them. Then subsequent to that, 
he said to Abraham, "Now the Lord had shown unto me, 
Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the 
world was - and among all these there were many of the 
noble and great ones; and God saw these souls that they were 
good, and He stood in the midst of them, and He said: 
"These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that 
were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said 
unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them, thou wast chosen 
before thou wast born." 18 This is true with everyone who fits 
into the category of the descendants of Shem who became 
the literal sons and daughters of Israel. 

This is a part of the plan the world does not know 
anything about. The Christian churches never mention it. 
They never teach it because they know nothing about it. 

Noah made another promise at this time, and he said, 
"God shall enlarge Japheth, and He shall dwell in the house 
or tent of Shem." 19 What is the house or tent of Shem? The 
House of Israel. Therefore, descendants of Japheth shall be 
enlarged, and they shall be permitted to dwell in the House 
of Israel. Therefore, we call the descendants of Japheth the 
children of the adoption. Now, who are the descendants of 
Japheth? The descendants of Japheth are in all of Europe. 
They are in America. They are in Japan and Korea, They are 
in India, and all of these people can be traced. For example, 
we have here the generations of Shem as the Lord gives it to 



17 Abraham 3:18. 

18 Abraham 3:22-23. 

19 Genesis 9:27. 



us in Chapter 10 of the Book of Genesis. These ancient 
prophets were careful to preserve these generations, and 
these genealogies, knowing their full meaning, which the 
world doesn't understand but which we know by revelation 
from the Lord. 

"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah: 
Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and unto them were born sons after 
the Flood." 20 The sons of Japheth: Gomor they are the 
French, Magog - they are the slavs, and Madai - they are the 
Hindu, the Korean, the Indian, the Japanese and the Filipino. 
We know who the people are who migrated eastward through 
India into the area of Tungus and then into Korea and Japan. 
This is the reason today why we are having such tremendous 
success among the Koreans and the Japanese, because it is 
the day the Gospel is to be preached to them. Then he goes 
on to say, Javan - the people of Greece and Italy, and of 
Turkey; Meshech - the Mezhecites, the Muskavites, the 
Russians; Tiras - the Syberians. 21 These were the descendants 
of Japheth. 

The day was to come, according to Noah, that these 
people and their descendants would come in and dwell in the 
tent, of the house of Shem, or the House of Israel. You have 
to know that and understand it to know what the Lord is 
doing today in preaching the Gospel unto the Gentiles 
because this is the day of the Gentile. We are preaching the 
Gospel to the Gentiles. They are the people of Europe. They 
are the people of America. This is the time of the Gentile. 
Only one portion of the House of Israel is being called and 
they are the children of Ephraim. 

Every one of you here, I assume, has had a 
patriarchal blessing. Is there anyone here who is not of the 
lineage of Joseph? You see what I mean? They are the only 
ones of the House of Israel that are being called the lineage 
of Joseph through Ephraim, and there is reason for that. 

I want to mention again the teaching of Christ unto 



20 Genesis 10:1. 

21 Genesis 10:2. 



the Nephites. You will find this in the 21st chapter of 3 
Nephi; the sign of the Father's work, the glorious destiny of 
the repentant Gentiles, the condemnation predicted for the 
impenitent, and the coming of the new Jerusalem, or the city 
of Zion. Then the Lord, Himself, speaking unto the Nephites 
said this: "And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, 
that ye may know the time when these things shall be about 
to take place - that I shall gather in from their long 
dispersion, my people, O House of Israel, and shall establish 
again among them my Zion." 22 

Then He goes on to tell that the first of this day shall 
be the day of the Gentile, and you read that entire chapter. I 
won't take the time to do it, but He says in that, "For my sake 
shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a 
marvelous work among them; and there shall be them those 
who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto 
them." 23 - the Prophet Joseph Smith - "But behold, the life of 
my servant shall be in my hand; therefore, they shall not hurt 
him, although he shall be marred because of them, Yet I will 
heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is 
greater than the cunning of the devil." 24 

The Prophet Joseph Smith suffered martyrdom, but 
was not harmed, and he said to his brother in Carthage prison 
just before he was shot, "Fear not, brethren, they may take 
our lives and destroy the body, but they cannot kill us." For 
this is what the Lord is saying here. If you will read the rest 
of the chapter, you will read how the Gospel is to be taken to 
the Gentiles. The Lord said in verse 22, "But behold! If the 
Gentiles will repent" - meaning who? The French, the 
German, the Norwegian, the Swedish, the Finlander, the 
people of Denmark, and the people all over the countries of 
Europe. "If they will repent and harken unto my words, and 
harden not their hearts, I will establish my Church among 
them and they shall come in unto whom I have given this 



22 3 Nephi 21:1. 

23 3 Nephi 21:9. 

24 3 Nephi 21:10. 



land for their inheritance," 25 This was spoken of before by 
Nephi, you will read it in the 13th and 14th chapters of the 
Book of Mormon where the Lord makes plain that the day 
will come when the Gentiles will receive the Gospel and will 
come in and be numbered among the children of Israel. 

I read just one of these scriptures although there are 
many found in 1 Nephi. There is another found in 1 Nephi, 
chapter 14, starting with the first verse. "And it shall come to 
pass that if the Gentiles" - let me explain again now who the 
Gentiles are, in the eyes of a Jew everyone who is not a Jew 
is a Gentile. But correctly speaking, the Gentiles are the 
descendants of the House of Japheth, the oldest son of Noah. 
The cursed people are the descendants of Ham. The chosen 
people are the descendants of Shem - the three sons of Noah. 
Through these lineages the spirits that compare with their 
station are born in this life. This is why you have colored 
people, why you have dark people, and why you have white 
people. The Lord is speaking of the Gentiles, "And it shall 
come to pass that if the Gentiles" - the descendants of 
Japheth - "shall harken unto the Lamb of God in the day that 
He shall manifest Himself unto them in the word, and also in 
power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling 
blocks" 26 in other words, where they have resisted the 
Church, resisted conversion, the Lord will remove the 
stumbling blocks "and if they harden not their hearts against 
the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of 
their father: yea, they shall be a blessed people." 27 You see, 
this is the promise that was made anciently by Noah when he 
blessed Japheth. Because why? Because he did not rebel 
against the Priesthood that Noah held like Ham did, and 
neither did Shem. 

We have a fulfillment of this scripture. When the 
Kirtland Temple was finished, there was a number of ancient 
prophets that made their appearance in the temple. The 



25 3 Nephi 21:22. 

26 1 Nephi 14:1. 

27 1 Nephi 14:2. 



Christ was the first to come and receive the Temple and gave 
instructions to Joseph Smith, many of which we have not 
been privileged to know about. Following this there appeared 
unto them Moses and then came Elias and then came Elijah - 
each of them committing the keys of their specific work. 28 
Let me call your attention to the keys of Elias. In the first 
place, who is Elias? Elias is Noah, Here we have the same 
one who gave the covenant unto Japheth anciently, that he 
would be blessed and that we would come in and dwell in 
the House of Shem. He returned to earth to give the keys 
unto the Prophet Joseph Smith to fulfill the promise made to 
Abraham that through the loins of Abraham, or the chosen 
seed, all the children of the earth would be blessed. 

Soon after 1836 the Lord gave the revelation to send 
missionaries and commence work among the Gentiles in 
England, and labor in 1850 in France, and then in northern 
Italy and then these other countries. This was not done, 
however, until Noah returned the "Key." 

You see, as in Elias the Gospel of Jesus Christ would 
be preached unto the Gentiles. Don't you see that what we 
are doing is a great deal more important than just filling a 
two and one-half year period as a missionary and then going 
home? We are working out the plan which the Father laid in 
the beginning as to what would transpire. What has actually 
happened? The Lord is preparing men and women today to 
become heirs of the Celestial Kingdom. This is the only 
work that is being done. The work for the Terrestrial 
Kingdom has not even been started yet. It will not start until 
the work for the Celestial Kingdom is finished. Then all who 
are to go into the Telestrial Kingdom, will continue until all 
have made covenant and have received the promise to go 
into that Kingdom. All of these things will be done in their 
proper order. 

Why is the work being done for the Celestial 
Kingdom first? Why is that in your patriarchal blessing it 
says that you will come forth in the morning of the First 



28 D&C 110:11-16. 



Resurrection. Because only those who come forth in the 
morning of the First Resurrection will go into the Celestial 
Kingdom. Those who come forth in the evening of the First 
Resurrection will go into the Terrestrial Kingdom, and this 
will be the end of the First Resurrection. The Second 
Resurrection will be for those who go into the Telestial 
Kingdom and those who eventually become Sons of 
Perdition. 

All of this is in accordance with a well-worked out 
plan of procreation and judgment until the final work that the 
Lord has intended for men is over. 

There is another thing that you must understand for 
yourselves to understand this whole thing, and that is this 
life, or the day of this life, so far as the Gospel is concerned, 
begins the day you were born and ends after the period of the 
Spirit World - not when you die in this life. So, the day of 
this life, so far as the plan of life is concerned is from the day 
you were born until the end of your period in the Spirit 
World. For this reason, then, we can function and carry on 
the program that the Lord has intended in the Spirit World so 
that they can be preached to and have work done for them 
here upon the earth, and that work will be bound in the 
worlds that are to come. 

Now I want to go back again to the statement of 
Abraham and to emphasize here the importance of what we 
are doing. "Now the Lord has shown unto me, Abraham, the 
Intelligences that were organized before the world was; and 
among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; 
and God saw these souls that they were good and He stood in 
the midst of them and He said, These will I make my 
rulers." 29 All right, what did the Lord mean by that? I call 
your attention now to the washing and anointing that you 
received in the Temple. All of you have been through the 
Temple, I assume. When you went into the washing and 
anointing room where you were washed and anointed with 
oil and water, you were given a new name, and you were 



29 Abraham 3:22. 



promised that someday you would be called up to be a king 
and a priest or a queen and a priestess. Don't ever suppose 
that this is for this life. It is not. It is for the next life, and the 
Lord is preparing today, the rulers that will be administrators 
of this, that is the Celestial Kingdom must be peopled first 
because it becomes the Kingdom of Administration, so all of 
it becomes part of the plan. 

The Terrestrial Kingdom will receive its 
administrators through the Christ and the Melchizedek 
Priesthood, and there will be a system of government 
establishment upon that kingdom. The Telestial Kingdom 
will receive its administration through the ministering angels 
of the Celestial Kingdom, and they will have their form of 
government, but they will exist and live under a government. 
They will be controlled by laws and growth - all in 
accordance with the plan of the Lord - the same in the 
Terrestial and Celestial Kingdoms. 

Now, let us suppose that we were a board of directors 
here today and we were going to establish a vast corporation 
that would hire millions of men and women. Would we go 
out and hire all these men right at the outset, or would we 
first build on administrative building and hire executives or 
administrators and then place them over the control and 
govern? It is the same thing in the plan of life. The Celestial 
Kingdom must be founded first because it becomes the 
Kingdom of Administration. The Lord has revealed these 
things to us. They are very plain, and what we are striving 
for today is to find those whom the Lord wants to make His 
rulers. 

We like to think, know, and I do too, that the Gospel 
is going to be received by everyone, but it isn't. I call to your 
attention to the statements of the Christ when he said, 
"Straight is the gate and narrow the way, . . . and few there be 
that find it." 30 There won't be many, but these the Lord has 
chosen in the pre-existence, if they are worthy and prove 
their worthiness in this life and this probation, then they 



30 Matthew 7:14. 



receive the endowment. When they get the endowment, they 
are promised that they will be leaders, We call them kings 
and priests, but the correct word in our terminology would be 
administrators, a leader, and executive, who will go into 
these other degrees of glory. 

Now you see how the plan opens up, and there is 
purpose and meaning as to what we are doing? I have often 
said this, it is a frightening thought, but it is undoubtedly 
true, that only those who are worthy of leadership will enter 
the Celestial Kingdom, because that is the Kingdom of 
Administration. Others who are less valiant, who do not have 
the qualities of leadership and direction will necessarily have 
to settle for the Terrestrial Kingdom. 

I don't know whether the knowledge of the revelation 
of these things will have an effect upon you as a missionary, 
but know that it has an effect upon me, because if am to 
fulfill my destiny and my purpose here in this life as has 
been given me and proven to me by my pre- [mortal] 31 
identity, then I would do everything in my power to measure 
up to what was in the preexistence, because if we could this 
day, by some miraculous means be permitted to see who we 
were wouldn't be President Dyer up here or you wouldn't be 
Elder Smith or Brown or President Gunderson. Oh, no! You 
would be someone else, and the day will come when you 
will know who you are, because you are a person of nobility 
in the pre-existence. If you were not, you would have been 
born into one of these other channels, and you would not 
have been born in this day and age, because the Lord has 
withheld the choice spirits of the pre-existence to come forth 
in this the last dispensation, and the reason for this is 
obvious. Why? Because in the world, will be just that many 
righteous spirits who supported Him and sustained Him and 
who accepted Him in the pre-existence. That is why today 
am telling you how to preach the Gospel to the people. They 
do not need to have long teaching, These people today who 
are accepting the Gospel know all about it because they have 



3 1 Orig. "pre-existent" 



been selected to know. That is why they recognize it when 
they feel the charge and the impact of testimony and spirit. 
Then it all unfolds to them, and many of them are even more 
brilliant than we because of the place which they held. 

This is not like any other day in the history of the 
world, The Lord is preparing to make His stand. The Lord is 
now preparing to establish His Kingdom, the Kingdom that 
will govern the earth for 1,000 years before we go into the 
judgment period that leads into the establishment of the 
degrees of glory. In consequence of that, He has widely 
chosen the ones that are to come into the world in this day 
and age. It is a battle. He fought the power of Lucifer in the 
pre-existence. He had to use His best spirits to defeat him, 
and here again He will have to do the same thing, and He 
knows that. Now, what does that mean in probation? 

In the sight of our Heavenly Father he has made this 
life a probation which means that a person who is born in a 
lower division can accelerate through this life to a higher 
division. For example, if a colored person, being born into 
the Telestial division will receive and accept the Gospel, he 
can be elevated to the Celestial division or to the Terrestrial 
division. That is the purpose of the probation, That is why 
the Lord set the plan of the Gospel so that those who had not 
merited it in the pre-existence may merit it here through this 
life or probation. Don't you see that? Don't you see the 
purpose of the probation, the planning of the Gospel, to 
provide even this last opportunity in this life while men are 
taking upon themselves the element of body to have another 
chance to improve their place over what they had done in the 
pre-existence? 

Now I want to read to you from the Book of Mormon 
on that. This scripture will have new meaning to you, I am 
sure, as you understand the things that I have spoken. The 
Prophet Alma understood this very plainly and want you to 
pay particular attention to what he says. This is found in the 
34th chapter, beginning with the 31st verse. I am sure that 
you have read it, but let's read it now for this concept. "Yea, I 



would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts 
any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your 
salvation," What is the time and the day? From the beginning 
of birth to the end of the Spirit World. That is the time and 
the day of your salvation. "And therefore, if ye will repent 
and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan 
of redemption be brought about unto you." 32 Don't you see? 

All a man has to do is repent and open his heart to the 
Lord, and immediately the plan will be made known unto 
him. That doesn't say the missionary will make it known 
unto him the power of the Holy Ghost will snake it known 
unto him. He already knows it because he stood in the 
councils and supported and sustained this plan. He 
recognized the prophets, etc. "For behold, this life is the time 
for men to prepare to meet God." 

If life did not extend beyond the grave, then why did 
Christ go to the Spirit World? Why do we send our 
missionaries to the Spirit World, undoubtedly where Elder 
Wheat went? Isn't it something that he was driving on the 
highway doing missionary work? In the twinkling of an eye 
he was doing missionary work in the Spirit World. He had 
changed from life to death still a missionary. It came upon 
him, and he never even knew what happened. I know just as 
well as I know anything that he is preaching the Gospel. 

Many of the people of the world like the descendants 
of Meshech who are-living in Russia, live and die without 
hearing the Gospel and go to the Spirit World. We do not 
have access to them, so the Lord teaches them the Gospel in 
the Spirit World, because their government won't let us do it 
here. Then their descendants hear of it, and they, themselves, 
wield great influence. In this way the Gospel is preached 
unto all nations, kindreds, and tongues. 

"Now behold, this life is the time for men to prepare 
to meet God, behold the days of this life is the day for men to 
perform their labors." 33 Now listen closely, "And now, as I 



32 Alma 34:31. 

33 Alma 34:32 



said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, 
therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the 
day of your repentance until the end." What is the end? The 
end of the Spirit World is this life. "For after this day of life:" 
- or from birth until the end of the Spirit World "Which is 
given to us to prepare for eternity. Behold, if we do not 
improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of 
darkness wherein there can be no labor performed." 34 Do you 
see how plain this is? If we do not improve ourselves from 
one division to another born into this world in a lower 
division, improving ourselves to one of the higher, then we 
can do nothing about it. "If we do not improve our time and 
our place in this life, then cometh the night of darkness 
wherein there can be no labor performed," It is just as simple 
as anything can be simple. 

I wanted to talk to you about that today, because I 
wanted you know the reason why you are preaching the 
Gospel. There is a purpose behind it and knowing this as you 
do and knowing your nobility - what kind of a missionary are 
you going to be from this day to the end of your mission? I 
know what kind you want to be. There will be no more 
wasted time because it is imposed upon you - the necessity 
of continuing your nobility, that you may prove your place, 
that you may be a ruler and a king and a queen and a 
priestess as you were promised in the Temple of God if you 
were faithful in fulfilling your obligation. 

I have always thought and have proven the point 
many times that if you will place into the mind of a boy or a 
girl, firmly, that they are noble persons, born of noble 
heritage in the pre-existence, they will never stoop to 
anything that is sordid. They just won't do it. You don't need 
the preaching and harassments of young people. All you 
need to do is accept that as your ideology, and what you do 
from now on will be the important thing in your life, because 
I have made known to you today something that you may not 
have known before, but you know it now because the Spirit 



34 Alma 34:33. 



bears record. 

May the Lord bless you in it and bless you with the 
knowledge. I bear record of this truthfulness in the name of 
Jesus Christ. Amen. 



Sons of God 35 

Although the Lord created all the world and we are all "the 
offspring of God" 36 only those who are members of His 
church holding the priesthood are considered to be "sons of 
God." 37 He further said, "But as many as received him, to 
them gave he power to become the sons of God." 38 From 
Paul we read, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, 
they are the sons of God." 39 The blessing of being a son of 
God is to be "an heir of God through Christ" 40 this blessing 
is attained only through faithful obedience to the Lord's 
commandments. 



35 It is uncertain whether this added by President Dyer or the transcriber. 

36 See Acts 17:29. 

37 See John 3:2. 

38 See John 1:12-13. 

39 See Romans 8:11+ 

40 See Galatians 4:6-7. 



First Presidency Statement 

17 August 1949 



The attitude of the Church with reference to Negroes remains 
as it has always stood. It is not a matter of the declaration of 
a policy but of direct commandment from the Lord, on which 
is founded the doctrine of the Church from the days of its 
organization, to the effect that Negroes may become 
members of the Church but that they are not entitled to the 
priesthood at the present time. The prophets of the Lord have 
made several statements as to the operation of the principle. 
President Brigham Young said: "Why are so many of the 
inhabitants of the earth cursed with a skin of blackness? It 
comes in consequence of their fathers rejecting the power of 
the holy priesthood, and the law of God. They will go down 
to death. And when all the rest of the children have received 
their blessings in the holy priesthood, then that curse will be 
removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up 
and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings 
which we now are entitled to." ... 

The position of the Church regarding the Negro may 
be understood when another doctrine of the Church is kept in 
mind, namely, that the conduct of spirits in the premortal 
existence has some determining effect upon the conditions 
and circumstances under which these spirits take on 
mortality and that while the details of this principle have not 
been made known, the mortality is a privilege that is given to 
those who maintain their first estate; and that the worth of 
the privilege is so great that spirits are willing to come to 
earth and take on bodies no matter what the handicap may be 
as to the kind of bodies they are to secure; and that among 
the handicaps, failure of the right to enjoy in mortality the 
blessings of the priesthood is a handicap which spirits are 
willing to assume in order that they might come to earth. 
Under this principle there is no injustice whatsoever 
involved in this deprivation as to the holding of the 
priesthood by the Negroes.